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Baker provides ornaments for Mother Earth News magazine’s décor at Blair House
KANSAS CITY — Kansas City resident Kodi Malott usually creates one-of-a-kind cakes for birthdays, weddings and showers. However, her latest project goes beyond the metro — and the table.
Malott’s homemade cookie ornaments will be seen through December by foreign leaders and dignitaries, diplomats, senators and congressmen visiting the Blair House, the President’s official guest quarters, in Washington , D.C.

Mother Earth News, a national sustainable-living magazine based in Topeka , contacted Malott in November about designing cookies shaped like peace doves to hang on a Christmas tree in the Blair House’s Jackson Place Sitting Room. Christmas trees became symbols of national unity following the Civil War, and these cookies will pay tribute to the State Department’s mission by featuring the flags of nations from around the world.

“This was a chance to combine two things I love: baking and the holidays. It's still hard to believe that my homemade ornaments will be seen by so many important leaders,” says Malott.
As a member of a partnership between the Magazine Publishers of America and the State Department, Mother Earth News will design rooms rarely seen by the public during the “Magazine Holiday Design Showcase,” a monthlong display which debuts Dec. 7.
“We wanted someone local to help us, and one of our staffers knew Kodi’s Cakes’ reputation. Kodi took this project and ran with it,” says Cheryl Long, editor in chief of Mother Earth News.

In addition to Malott’s cookie ornaments, Mother Earth News will use nontraditional accessories including heirloom apples, corn, wheat and rice to honor the State Department’s diplomatic mission while emphasizing its commitment to environmentally friendly living.

About Kodi’s Cakes
Kodi’s Cakes ( is a Kansas City, Kan.-based business offering cakes, cupcakes and decorated sugar cookies for weddings, showers, birthdays and other special occasions. Owner Kodi Malott specializes in one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional fondant figures and fondant applications on smooth buttercream. Malott is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

About Mother Earth News
Mother Earth News ( is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Launched in 1970, each bimonthly issue of Mother Earth News features practical and money-saving information on organic gardening; do-it-yourself projects; cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; green home building and remodeling; rural living; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles.

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